Double entries in Open With drop-down menus?

Discussion in 'Apple' started by AES, Aug 23, 2006.

  1. AES

    AES Guest

    I'm routinely observing double entries (two successive identical
    entries) for some or all of the apps in the "Open With" drop down menu
    in Get Info windows, and also in Finder contextual menus and in the
    Apple Menu >> Recent Items submenu.

    Mac iBook G4, OS 10.3.9, fairly vanilla setup.

    Something I've done wrong, or should fix?
    AES, Aug 23, 2006
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  2. Nothing you've done wrong, and I recently ran into the same issue and
    couldn't figure out how to fix it. It was driving me bananas. It
    started around the time I got an external backup drive, so that may have
    instigated it, but it happened even with all other drives unhooked.

    I dug around Google, and found a solution in a message board on

    Fire up the Terminal and enter the following, all as one command:

    lsregister -kill -r -domain system -domain local -domain user

    (I added line breaks manually, but note that there are no spaces until
    after the "lsregister" command.)

    It might be easier to cut-and-paste from original message, which is here:

    Does that do the trick?
    Garner Miller, Aug 23, 2006
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